No, The Strokes aren’t playing a secret gig in London tonight – but we all thought they were!

News of a show from the Strokes' alter egos Venison spread wide across the internet last night, but after hundreds queue on Saturday morning, it turns out it may all have been a hoax.

Here’s a question you’d think had an easy answer. Are The Strokes playing London tonight?

Here’s a less straightforward response. No, but we all thought they were.

Camden venue Dingwalls sent out a (now deleted) tweet yesterday, announcing ‘Venison’ are returning for a very special one off London show. Tickets, priced £25 on the door, will be available between 12pm and 2pm today, for a show that starts at 10:30pm.

But who are Venison, and why does their logo look so very familiar?

Those with a good memory may recall the hazy summer of 2010, when The Strokes warmed up for a show at the Isle Of Wight Festival by performing at the same venue under the name… yep, you’ve got it.

At the time, they said they’d not play under the name again, claiming on Twitter that, “after a career playing only sold-out shows the band Venison are calling it a day.”

After hundreds of people descended on Dingwalls this morning (7th July), indie drama unfurled, giving us a morning of will-they-won’t-they back-and-forth, before claims of cancelled shows that were never happening, skullduggery from former venue management staff and a whole bunch of confused fans. You can follow what went down through live updates from Our Man On The Ground below.

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